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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise provided by Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-10-16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
Maximum of 18 guests for social distance so you have a premium seat! Also please try to use the restroom prior to boarding. Bathrooms are available nearby on Pier 39.
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Updated 20-10-16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Take in sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Area from the water during this sailboat cruise that departs from from San Francisco. Your catamaran sails past Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, the waterfront town of Sausalito, and other landmarks, offering prime photo ops of the region. Hear commentary about the sights from the captain, and you can even lend a hand with the steering if you like.
  • You'll start at
    Pier 39
    Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Departure Point: Pier 39, San Francisco Address: Pier 39 San Francisco, CA 94133 Directions: • When you get to Pier 39, stand on the sidewalk & look towards the water, do NOT go down the center where the shops are, but take the left OUTSIDE walkway. Go towards the sea lions & look for a gate with the letter J on it.
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    Pier 39
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Departing from Pier 39, sail with us and experience the beauty of San Francisco right from the water (bring your camera, these views are too good to miss!). Our spacious catamarans take guests on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on our deck with the protection and outstanding views from our covered cabin.
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    Pass by
    Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco Bay
  • You'll end at
    Pier 39
    Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Departure Point: Pier 39, San Francisco Address: Pier 39 San Francisco, CA 94133 Directions: • When you get to Pier 39, stand on the sidewalk & look towards the water, do NOT go down the center where the shops are, but take the left OUTSIDE walkway. Go towards the sea lions & look for a gate with the letter J on it.
    See address & details
  • Get unobstructed views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and city skyline 
  • Learn about the San Francisco Bay Area’s ecosystem and history
  • Look for sea lions, seals, and dolphins in the bay
  • Try sailing the boat under the guidance of the captain
What to Expect
Make your way to the Embarcadero to board a catamaran for your sailing cruise. After a safety briefing, your captain steers the boat into the open waters of the San Francisco Bay. Get great photo ops as you pass close to Alcatraz, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Sausalito, and other landmarks. Look for sea lions and dolphins as your boat sails close to the Pacific Ocean, and hear commentary from your captain about the history and wildlife of the bay. Have the option stay warm and dry in the catamaran’s protected interior; or take a seat on the trampoline net for a taste of the salty ocean breeze. Bring warm layers for the cooler temperatures on the water. Snacks, wine, beer, or soft drinks can be purchased from the onboard bar. Your tour ends with return to the marina in San Francisco.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks (available to be purchased on board)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You can purchase snacks or beer, wine, and soft drinks at the on-board bar with cash or a credit card
  • No outside beverages may be brought on board
  • Please bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes
  • Audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Please bring headphones if you plan on using the audio guide.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
ANN D wrote a review Sep. 2020
1 contribution
This was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco! This was our first time on a catamaran and it was absolutely wonderful. The captain and his co-captain (sorry forgot names) were very friendly and professional. Due to Covid the amount of people allowed on the boat were cut
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Date of experience: September 2020
hollyfromdenver wrote a review Aug. 2020
Parker, Colorado7 contributions1 helpful vote
I highly recommend. Views of the city, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge that are just stunning. Well worth the price of admission.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Kim C wrote a review Jul. 2020
Fresno, California2 contributions
It was so nice to be out on the bay, in the fresh air. The boat is smooth and fast and we especially loved sailing under the Golden Gate. It was a fun day, and we will definitely do it again!
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Date of experience: July 2020
Pete L wrote a review Mar. 2020
3 contributions
This catamaran trip through the bay is run by a super helpful and friendly crew, and provides a chill hour-and-a-half trip out to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can get amazing photos with the bridge, with Alcatraz, and with the city in the background. There were also adult
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Date of experience: March 2020
Kim S wrote a review Mar. 2020
1 contribution
The captain and crew were very friendly and accommodating. The cruise was beautiful. Would recommend putting it in your list of things to do when you visit the area.
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
Enjoyed breathtaking views on a safe & clean boat
Pretty clean and safe during COVID times. Around 15 people on board. Captain was super nice and explained everythin
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Would do it again!
Beautiful experience with breathtaking views! Felt safe during COVID with limited people allowed on boat. Catamaran
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Wonderful sailing with a “CAT”
Bring your coat. The weather is unpredictable. It could be very cold. The 2 persons crew were friendly, courteous,
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Book your tickets!
Amazing day on the bay! Great safety measures taken, not crowded and a fun way to see SF from the water. Bar and mu
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Best experience
I had so much fun, got to see the most wonderful sunset. It was my first experience I was a little nerves but it al
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Beautiful views
When I booked this tour it stated that “two free drinks & hot Hors d'oeuvres were included as well as an audio tour
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Highly recommend!
This cruise was absolutely AMAZING! The ride to the Golden Gate Bridge was super super cold but the view was beauti
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Great cruise !
Nice way to see the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and Golden Gate Bridge. Staff were friendly and answered all our
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Awesome experience!
Awesome experience and a fantastic crew. Definitely worth the price. It was about a 1.5 hour trip and the views are
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Shelly A
So Much Fun on the Bay
We went out for the full moon sail and got lucky with a beautiful evening. Slight wind an amazing sunset and a spec
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The boat and crew are top notch. The cabin is both large and open social distancing is not a problem. Great views o
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Weekend get away
Fun staffs are very nice! There’s lots of places to hang out sicne it’s pandemic but it was still fun and very rela
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Eric J
This cruise would be great regardless, but due to covid they were operating at a smaller capacity, which made for a
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This experience was so fun, and the views were beautiful. Very cool to be docked at Pier 39 with the sealions. Abs
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Covid Cruise
Came to San Francisco in July for a stop on way to Tahoe. Booked the afternoon cruise. Had a perfect July afterno
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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